Am I at Risk for Co-Occurring Depression and Addiction?

Am I at Risk for Co-Occurring Depression and Addiction?Many drug and alcohol addicts suffer from at least one co-occurring mental disorder. Diagnosing and treating these underlying conditions is essential for long-term recovery. Knowing the symptoms of both depression and addiction can help you understand the exact type of help you need.

The Relationship between Depression and Addiction

The brain controls the body through an intricate chemical system. Slight imbalances in this system can cause serious mental and physiological dysfunction. These imbalances can be created by the following factors:

  • Genetic or pre-existing imbalances
  • Tragic or emotionally intense experiences
  • Emotional or physical trauma (posttraumatic stress disorder)
  • Substance abuse
  • Hormonal changes
  • Physical or emotional abuse or neglect

People suffering from depression may self-medicate their symptoms through drugs or alcohol. Additionally, many people who begin to abuse substances develop serious depression symptoms over time. These types of co-occurring conditions feed off of each other and make recovery extremely difficult. It is important to note that this can happen without a user’s knowledge: some people do not know they are depressed, but they know they feel better when they drink, so they end up drinking to feel well. This can easily lead to a cycle of addiction.

Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction professionals understand the close relationship between these types of chemical imbalances and addiction, and have developed appropriate treatment plans to address them. Only fully integrated treatment will allows for comprehensive healing. This type of treatment focuses on all aspects of the disease, the physical and psychological components. It also treats any co-occurring conditions to allow addicts to stay clean for the long haul. The most successful of these programs offer a wide range of therapeutic treatments that are customized for each individual patient. Most of these programs will offer some combination of the following elements:

  • Medically supervised detox services
  • Individual counseling
  • Spiritual care
  • Healthy and entertaining diversions from drugs
  • Instructions in meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Opportunities to serve others

This type of Dual Diagnosis treatment treats a wide range of psychological disorders, allowing patients to realize the kind of relief they have often sought for a long time.

How to Find Integrated Treatment

Our toll-free helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we are here to answer your questions about addiction and depression. We can connect you with the best treatment options for your specific needs. Don’t risk your long-term physical or mental health. There is no shame in seeking help, only in continuing to develop a disease that can strip your life of everything you love. Call today.